Promoting Student Health For Student Success

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President Column

President Column



A message from Sue Nokleby, SNOM President:

As we enjoy the final days of summer and anticipate the beginning of the school year, I hope you were able to replenish yourself and come energized into the next year. Our students, their families and the school staff need our attention and passion for school health.

SNOM has been planning for our future, too.


During the state fair on August 25th, several SNOM members will be representing SNOM at the Education MN booth in the Educational building. Stop by to spin the wheel and win a prize if you are at the fair that day. Also you will be able to say and meet other school nurse colleagues!

At our August SNOM board meeting, we brainstormed on ways to meet the SNOM strategic goals as we complete the final year of the plan. We have made great strides to our objectives. Looking forward to next year, SNOM will be developing a survey for SNOM members to be involved with planning our next strategic plan. Be watching for an email at the beginning of 2018 and respond. We really want your input to serve the needs to MN school nurses.

SNOM’s fall conference is exciting! With a theme of “School Nurses: On the Front Line of Change,” excellent speakers and materials will be available to advance our school nurse practice. Mark your calendars for November 3-4 and plan to attend. You will be getting more information on the conference and registration soon. One event, that I believe is so important, is the recognition of people who have made a contribution to school nursing. Sandy Munson, Walker/Hackensack/Akeley has been selected as the 2017 School Nurse of the Year. Mary Yackley, St. Paul Public Schools, will be awarded the 2017 School Nurse Administrator of the Year. I have also decided to give a special recognition award to Ruth Ellen Luehr for her lifetime of contribution to Minnesota and national school nursing. Please come and help to celebrate their awards at the luncheon on Saturday immediately following the conference.

As always, it is exciting to hear about the school nurse orientation. We welcome new school nurses and anticipate that around 100 school nurses will attend mid-August.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is looking for scholarly projects and research on school nursing to “push the profession forward.” In particular, research involving evidence-based practice is needed. If you are looking for a project or advancing your education, research funding is available both through NASN and SNOM. Contact Liz Zeno, the SNOM NASN director, for further information.

Several publications this year involved MN school nurses, including the 2017 2nd edition of the Individualized Healthcare Plans for the School Nurse by Sunrise River Press, the ANA/NASN Scope and Standards of School Nursing, and upcoming articles such as “Medication management in Minnesota schools: The potential for School Nurse-Pharmacist partnerships” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and the Journal of School Nursing (JOSN) Public Health Wheel research.

As always, a great way to become involved in school nursing organizations is to volunteer for a SNOM committee. SNOM has several committees that require minimal amount of time, yet are very professionally rewarding. Please contact me if you would like to find out how you can become involved in your professional organizations to gain new skills and meet wonderful school nurse colleagues.